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L. Sweetman
LGBTQ Consulting

Lori Sweetman is a gender and sexuality life coach, and consults on LGBTQ+ inclusive practices for New Jersey.

Hello. I am Lori (she/they).

“Listen, to the noise in the silence.

Affirm, when the quiet is heard.

Include all voices; a symphony is born.

~ Listen, Affirm, Include. Lori Sweetman, 2021 ~

Education

  • Master of Psychology degree; specializing in gender and sexual fluidity
  • Bachelor of Fine Art degree
  • NJ Teachers Certificate (K-12)

As a lifelong educator in a public elementary school, and as a non-binary sexually fluid human who bore witness to the impact of minority stress on queer identity development, Lori strives to create affirming and positive environments for LGBTQ+ populations. With a particular interest in how this impacts the community’s youth, Lori is currently researching LGBTQ+ identity formation and internalized biases, and how art appreciation, education, and environmental changes can positively influence identity development.  Through exploring what creates internalized biases toward the queer community, Lori unpacks environmental and unconscious influences.

Lori Sweetman, LGBTQ+ educator and activist, strives to create environments that are equitable, affirming, and inclusive.

Lori is married to their wife, Dana, and has two children, two puppies, and three guinea pigs in Great Meadows, NJ. Their undergraduate degree was completed with honors at Ramapo College of New Jersey, in both Visual Arts and Elementary Education. Lori has completed many graduate-level courses in subjects such as special education, art education, and industrial-organizational psychology. At Northcentral University, Lori has a 4.0 GPA in the Master of Psychology degree program, specializing in Gender and Sexual Fluidity. It is due to finish this summer. Additionally, Lori has been featured on NJTV teaching, is a member of the LGBTQIA+ and Allies Group at Northcentral University, Northcentral Universities Diversity Committee, and was highlighted as a featured teacher in the Morris County Educator Association’s newsletter.  When Lori isn’t with her family and pets, they are looking for opportunities to advocate for LGBTQ+ communities, create informative workshops on LGBTQ+ topics, and create art.

We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity.”–George Takei.

Contact Lori Sweetman through e-mail; sweetmanlori@gmail.com to speak about opportunities for educational lectures or workshops or consultation on LGBTQ+ inclusive programming.

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